Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, we can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage, discoloration, or for cosmetic enhancement. These thin porcelain or resin shells come in customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth.
We work with world-class dental labs to fabricate the ideal restoration for you. We keep you involved in every step of the process, educating you prior to each appointment, working with you to customize your shade, ensuring that your bite remains in harmony, and we provide post-operative consultation to make certain that your transition to life with your new restoration is seamless.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. We recommend this procedure for those who have an intact tooth without root rot. The tooth may be damaged or decayed on the surface. Crowns are implicated for fractured teeth, teeth that have extensive decay, teeth that have been treated by root canal therapy, and to restore dental implants.
Procedure for Crown & Bridge:
At the first appointment, we will reduce the problematic tooth for a proper crown fit
An impression will be taken of your bite for crown fabrication
The color of porcelain prosthetics can then be customized
We will fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one
- You will come in again for permanent crown fitting after 10-14 business days, often sooner.
To replace a missing tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or a tooth that has been missing for a long time (i.e., with gum recession around the area), we recommend bridges as opposed to dental implants.
Types of Bridges:
- Traditional — Caps are bonded over teeth that lie on either side of the missing one
- Cantilever — Cap is bonded over a single tooth next to the missing one
- Resin-bonded — Porcelain or plastic teeth with gums that are supported by metal “wings”
If you’re looking to cosmetically correct or enhance the appearance of one or more teeth, we suggest veneers. They are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that you can customize in color and shape. They are non-invasive and are resistant to future stains.
Our process for cosmetic veneers involves diagnostic impressions prior to beginning treatment. These models allow you to visualize what your restorations will look like at completion and enable us to fabricate the ideal provisional veneers for you while the lab fabricates the final product.
Common uses for veneers:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misshapen or irregular teeth
- Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments